Healthy Communities Infant Mortality Prevention Team
Bartholomew County has not been spared when it comes to high infant mortality rates. Often the county rate is as high and sometimes higher than the Indiana rate, which is 7th highest in the country. In response to this disturbing trend, the Bartholomew County Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Team (FIMR) was formed in early 2018 and has been analyzing local data since that time. Few clear answers have emerged although maternal smoking, obesity, and an unsafe sleeping environment for baby have been recognized as contributing factors in some cases. Healthy Communities chartered an Infant Mortality Prevention Team in February 2019 to begin to address any and all preventable causes of infant mortality. As a recipient of funds from the Coolest Pet Contest, the Infant Mortality Prevention Team will use the proceeds to support a Baby Fair in the fall of 2019 for expectant parents where we can screen for risk factors including hypertension, diabetes, and smoking while providing education and support for healthier choices as well as make referrals to appropriate care.